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20 Minute Risotto with Asparagus, Peas, Spinach and Shrimp | Healthy Spring Recipe

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This 20 minute risotto recipe is perfect for the lazy chef who wants to look like a pro! Made in a pressure cooker and packed with vegetables. Enjoy this easy vegetarian risotto recipe with lemon pepper shrimp or your favorite protein on top! This post was sponsored by Crock-Pot Express Crock, but all opinions are my own.

20 Minute Risotto Recipe for Spring

If you don’t think the words comfort food, spring and healthy can go hand in hand… think AGAIN.

This asparagus, pea and spinach risotto is all of the above. And the best part? It’s ready in under 20 minutes!

Major shout out to my Crock-Pot Multi-Use Express Cooker for making all my risotto dreams come true.

20 minute risotto recipe with asparagus, peas and spinach

Before making this easy, spring risotto recipe I’d never attempted to make risotto at home. I always order it when we go out to eat, but never attempted to make it myself because it seemed like so. much. work.

Risotto is essentially a creamy rice made with chicken or vegetable stock. Sounds super easy, but it requires quite a bit of attention… and I don’t trust myself when it comes to keeping all my attention on one task at hand. I’m a multi-tasker through and through. (That’s why this time cube has been so crucial in helping me run my business!!)

shrimp risotto pressure cooker

The fact that I could pour all of these ingredients into one pot and let my Crock-Pot Express Crock do it’s thing was a miracle. A full-blown creamy, cheesy risotto MIRACLE.

It was so easy in fact, that I had enough time to film a little video of me making it! The video is saved in my highlights under “risotto”. Be sure to give it a watch if you plan on making this recipe 🙂

20 Minute Spring Risotto

For this easy and healthy 20 minutes risotto recipe you will need:

  • Rice
  • Chicken Stock
  • Peas
  • Asparagus
  • Spinach
  • Garlic
  • Lemon Juice
  • Parmesan
  • Lemon Pepper Seasoning
  • Butter
  • Shrimp (or other protein of choice!)

I decided to go with lemon pepper shrimp for the protein in this recipe to lighten it up a bit. Risotto is already rich and creamy, so the shrimp balanced it out.

easy shrimp and risotto

If you don’t eat meat, you can easily make this recipe vegetarian by using vegetable stock instead of chicken stock and omit the shrimp! I’ve never tried tofu in risotto, but could be worth a shot 🙂

I hope you all enjoy this easy and healthy 20 minute risotto recipe as much as Michael and I did. He said it’s his favorite dinner recipe I’ve made YET! And that’s a bold statement 😉

Don’t forget to tag me on Instagram if you make this recipe or any of my other creations!


20 minute risotto recipe for spring or summer

x, elizabeth

20 Minute Spring Risotto with Asparagus, Peas, Spinach and Shrimp

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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Servings 6 Servings


  • 1 Cup Arborio Rice
  • 2 Cups Chicken or Vegetable Broth
  • 2 Tsp Minced Garlic *or 4 cloves
  • 2 Tbsp Butter
  • 1 Tbsp Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 Cup Parmesan cheese Grated
  • 1/2 Cup Frozen Peas
  • 2 Cups Baby Spinach
  • 1 Cup Asparagus Chopped
  • 1/2 - 1 Tbsp Lemon Pepper Seasoning


  • Turn your Crock-Pot Express Mulit-Cooker to the saute function. Add the 2 tbsp of butter to the pot and allow it melt.
  • Add in the garlic and saute for 2 minutes until broned. Pour in the rice and stir it around until it starts to toast. It will look light golden brown.
  • Pour in the 2 cups of chicken/vegetable stock. Stir and put the lid on the Crock-Pot Express Multi Cooker.
  • Set it to high pressure and cook for 6 minutes. When the cooking time is up, quick release the steam.
  • Stir the mixture together and add the Parmesan, peas, baby spinach, asparagus, lemon juice and 1/2 tbps lemon pepper seasoning. Taste for seasoning and add remaining 1/2 tbsp if needed.
  • Replace lid and let sit on the "Keep Warm" setting for 5-10 minutes. Add salt and pepper to your desired taste.
  • While the risotto is cooking for the remaining 5-10 minutes, sauté your shrimp in 1/2 tbsp olive oil on the stove.
  • Season with lemon pepper seasoning as desired, or no seasoning at all.
  • Add the shrimp to the risotto once it has finished cooking. Add more chicken stock if it needs thinned out. As it sits, it will thicken. Serve immediately.
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  1. I can’t believe I have never thought of making risotto in the crock pot before! Genius! I also love it but hate how much effort it is to make. I am pumped to give your recipe a try!

  2. I adore that this healthy dish only takes 20 minutes in the pressure cooker. The lemon pepper shrimp is an excellent choice for a protein and I love the veggie combo. I can’t wait to try this risotto.

  3. First of all i have to admit I simply love risotto. Especially if it includes shrimp and asparagus is my favorite veggie. But I don’t make risotto as much as I’d like because of the time factor. WOW!! Here you give me the solution as to how I can have my risotto and not be sweating over a pan stirring. Can’t wait to try out this recipe. I know I’ll be making risotto more often.

  4. This is one delicious risotto. Absolutely love the flavors and creaminess. Plus it’s super easy to make. I must give this recipe a try. Can’t wait to serve this for my family.

  5. I made it! Sooo good and so easy! My husband and I have been craving risotto since our trip to Italy. When I found this recipe for the electric pressure cooker (InstantPot in my case) I jumped right on it and it was perfect . Thank you so much for the recipe .

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